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McGuire makes a stand for Jacksboro

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By Chris Cannon

ccannon@lafollettepress.com

Jacob McGuire has become the go-to-guy for the Jacksboro Eagles.

In five games, McGuire has scored a total of 65 points for the Eagles, as they have opened up a three-game winning streak.

“He has to score for us to be what we can,” head coach Cody Parker said. “His outside shooting, I’d put him up against anybody around. He can shoot the ball. That’s his specialty. For him to put up those kinds of numbers, we need him to develop and keep that coming along.”

McGuire is averaging 13 points per game, while depositing 18 treys on the year.

Against Lake City, McGuire found 23 points, while hitting seven shots from behind the arc.

“That’s what we have to have out of him, is 13 to 15 points a game,” Parker said. “We need 10 to 12 out of somebody else that will step up and develop. If everybody else scores between six and eight, that’ll put us right in that 50 point range we want to be in. Right now, we’re scoring 40 points a game. That’s great.”

Those 40 points per game are an 11-point improvement off of last season.

The only other player close to McGuire’s marks this season, is Landon Reese. Reese has 49 points through the five games.

However, Parker is still looking for those extra points. The Eagles feel like they have the best chances against Robertsville if they can score 50 points along with their defensive play.

“I was really pleased, especially with Lake City,” Parker said. “The way we got after it on defense, when we’re able to press and get the game going at a fast pace up and down the floor, that’s when we’re at our best. Against Lake City and Oneida both, I feel like it really wore them down.”

As Jacksboro’s bread and butter, the man-to-man defense is something the Eagles can’t live without.

“It’s very important for us,” Parker said. “If we get out of the man-to-man, we seem to get lazy. That man-to-man really keeps our intensity level high, and it keeps us focused.”

The first two games of the season were chalked as losses for the Eagles. However, it certainly hasn’t hurt them.

Falling to two tough teams in Clinton and Powell, the Jacksboro team has opened up a three-game winning run.

With the preparation in those first two contests, Parker is confident in what his team can do.

“I said after those first two losses, that I really wanted to test our kids to see what they were made of,” he said. “I felt like it would help us down the road. Playing those two tough games early (Clinton and Powell), I feel like we’ve benefited from those two games. We’ve benefited, and I think you’re starting to see some progress and some forward steps being made.”

Following those first two games, the Eagles have only allowed 31 points per game. In those games, they’ve averaged 45 points per game.

Against Lake City, McGuire led the way with 23 points.  Max Farris added eight, Josh Lay seven, and Landon Reese six. Evan Jackson added four points, Jacob Walden and Jared Ray two each, and Matthew Laxton with one.

Lake City was led by Seth Roberts eight points.

McGuire once again led the Eagles against Oneida, as he finished with 16 points. Josh Lay added eight points, as Landon Reese and Eli Cross added seven each. Max Farris finished with six.

For Oneida, football standout Nash Lay finished with 12 points.